Sep 8, 2017

The Cross Was Already There

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Jesus did not invent the cross.  The Romans already had them.  They were especially ready for rival kings.  No, Jesus did not devise the cross, He came to it.  There is a cross that is built into life; you come to a cross that is already there, it is called “life-the-way-it-is”.  There is a dying

Aug 7, 2017

Captured By Your Emotions

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Emotional balance is not always easy to achieve.  We can allow our emotions to take us places we do not need to go.  We can allow our feelings to eclipse our faith.  We can allow an emotional place to make us miss the very place in which we find ourselves.  Anger can become uncontrolled rage

Jun 7, 2017

The Conspiracy

By |Jun 7, 2017|Christ, Creation, Crucifixion, Devotionals, New Creation, Righteousness|0 Comments

The ancient world looked for a messiah.  False messiahs came and went.  Jesus was crucified, and yet His followers proclaimed the rejected Jesus to be the promised Messiah.  “And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Messiah is Jesus” (Acts 5:42).  The good

Jun 4, 2017

The Spirit of Messiah

By |Jun 4, 2017|Christ, Crucifixion, Devotionals, Spirit|0 Comments

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Messiah.  The fruit of the Spirit is the character of Christ.  “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” Gal 5:22-23a.  This is the evidence that the Spirit is in us.  He is inside us as the shaping

Apr 4, 2017

An Inner Cross Attitude

By |Apr 4, 2017|Christ, Cross, Crucifixion, Devotionals, Discipleship, Lent, Obedience|0 Comments

If you are indulging in willful sin and knowing disobedience, then get the cross into your heart.  Your lack of self-denial mocks your profession of being a Christian, mocks discipleship and crucifies your Lord afresh.  There is a way to victory for you.  There is strength for your weakness.  There is a dying that will

Oct 19, 2016

Sanctified Suffering

By |Oct 19, 2016|Christ, Cross, Crucifixion, Death, Devotionals, Formation, Growth, Sanctification, Suffering, Surrender|0 Comments

Taking up a cross means that you are going to be wounded.  The wounds will end up being fatal.  You will die, but you will live again.  Your loss will be your gain.  This is more than a sterile religious experience.  Crosses get ugly.  It will affect your psyche at the deepest levels of who

Sep 18, 2016

Jesus and the Garden

By |Sep 18, 2016|Christ, Crucifixion, Death, Devotionals, Encouragement, God's Word, Hope, Resurrection|0 Comments

Our first parents began in a garden.  Humankind fell in a garden.  Jesus prayed in a garden.  He and His disciples met there.  Jesus was buried in a garden (John 19:41).  The Messiah was raised in a garden.  He was even mistaken for the gardener (John 20:15).  A garden is a place of planting, a

Aug 14, 2016

Dwelling With Glory

By |Aug 14, 2016|Christ, Crucifixion, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Incarnation, Resurrection|0 Comments

The disciples dwelt with the glory of God in a way more magnificent and intimate than did Israel in the wilderness (John 1:14).  At first they did not recognize the glory.  Then there was the Mount of Transfiguration, the crucifixion and the glory of resurrection.  They began to understand.  We as disciples are called to

Jul 24, 2016

Going With the Crowd

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There is a forgotten warning in Scripture to which we need to return.  “You shall not follow a crowd to do evil” Ex 23:2a (NKJV).  People often go with the crowd for psychological reasons at the expense of good sense and moral judgment.  Such crowds became mobs that railed against Jesus and cried out, “Crucify”. 

Jul 7, 2016

Lean The Other Way

By |Jul 7, 2016|Christ, Crucifixion, Devotionals, Fellowship, Obedience, Spirit, Worship|0 Comments

We are born with a lean toward self and away from God, though we have an intuitive longing for Him.  This problem is solved by the actions God has chosen to take on our behalf.  He died that our old self might be crucified with Christ (Rom 6:6, 11).  He sent His Spirit to be